Scrum Master Ref. 1962

IT, Science & Technical
Central London
Full Time
£48,192 - £51,580

MI5 is responsible for protecting the UK from threats to our National Security. It’s our job to ensure the safety and prosperity of our country, countering threats from terrorism and espionage. Whatever your role, you will contribute to our mission in keeping the country safe.

The Role

As a Scrum Master at MI5 your work will be far from average. You will work on some truly unique projects for customers in our investigative and analysis teams, and throughout your career you will have insight into the important work that goes into protecting our country.

Our people thrive under pressure - attending to urgent business needs. Therefore, it is crucial our Scrum Masters are able to think on their feet when responding to issues that occur within our live operational IT systems. We also need someone with strong organisational skills that can come in and hit the ground running, bringing innovative ideas in how we implement agile methodologies into MI5.

Who you are

As a Scrum Master you will be a servant leader that listens and supports their team. Encouraging them, and supporting their development as well as your own.

We are looking for people who:

  • Understand and empathise with others
  • Certified Scrum Master (preferred but not essential, training will be provided)
  • Strong planning skills - organising your own time and that of others.
  • Use influence over authority
  • Think beyond day-to-day activities - strategic in their approach to issues.
  • Help without diminishing the commitment of others

What you’ll do

You’ll share our collective responsibility in keeping the country safe and strive to develop your team. Our teams work closely with each other and with mission customers, so it’s important that you’re able to communicate and share your knowledge.

You’ll be expected to:

  • Focus on applying the Scrum process and helping the team to communicate, coordinate, and cooperate to deliver stories and by removing impediments
  • Coach the team, facilitate team and program events
  • Remove impediments to the team’s progress
  • Assist the team in implementing SAFe
  • Foster adoption of Agile technical practices
  • Assist the PO in preparing and refining the backlog for PI and Iteration Planning
  • Coach the team on the best ways to refine their backlog and create Stories

Learning and Development is central to our ethos and we invest heavily in our people. As part of your MI5 career we will support you in broadening and deepening your technical and non-technical skills. We have access to a wide variety of classroom and online learning, as well as our own development programmes and schemes.

We currently have other Technical roles open such as Release Train Engineer/Senior Scrum Master.


  • Pension
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Financial support for learning and development
  • Subsidised Gym

Recruitment Process

Initially, we will ask you to complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application.

You will need to create a log in and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password. Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be required to complete a registration form, providing contact details and equal opportunities monitoring information.

You will then be invited to upload your CV and complete an online application form. Our recruitment team will sift through your application. Successful applicants will be invited to a face to face interview at MI5, which will include some competency based questions and will explore your motivation to work for MI5. For more information, please visit: Interview Preparation

This will be followed by a security interview with a vetting officer. You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the How to Apply section prior to submitting an application.

Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the job vacancy that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).

Along with the standard eligibility requirements for this post, your application will be assessed on how far you meet the job requirements. Your application must score the minimum amount of points set. On successful completion of this stage, you will be invited to interview. This will normally be a telephone interview and is our guaranteed interview.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK.

Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. However, we will still consider you if you’ve served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.

You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday.

Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.

The Security Service is committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect. We particularly welcome applications from women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.